Stotesbury Gates Ready For Restoration This Fall

 

Stotesbury Gates c. 1901 | Photo: Courtesy of the Germantown Historical Society

Stotesbury Gates c. 1901 | Photo: Courtesy of the Germantown Historical Society

  • The five-year effort to resuscitate a forgotten gateway to Mt. Airy will see its completion this fall, reports NewsWorks, as the City’s Philadelphia Activities fund matches a $15,000 grant to allow for the re-installation of wooden pergolas atop Lincoln Drive’s Stotesbury Gates at Johnson Street. Native species will be used in the restoration work’s final phase (the stone walls are likewise constructed from Wissahickon schist), says project architect Peter DiCarlo, with sturdy cedar for the pergolas themselves, and local flora to compliment the scene.
  • Thanks to a grant from the Knight Foundation’s Cities Challenge, the Francisville Recreation Center has broadened its appeal this summer, says Flying Kite, transforming its otherwise standard public pool into a pop-up pool with “with a custom-designed lounge deck, canopies, new landscaping, an outdoor play space adjacent to the pool, and weekly aqua yoga and Zumba classes.” Two other public pools are set to use up the rest of Knight’s $297,000 grant through the next two summers.
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